Kenya Nyeri AA Top Ichuga

Sweet, watermelon jolly rancher, balanced acidity
$6.92 / lb $915.35 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2019/20
Jul 2020
SKU P605855-11
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About This Coffee

This is a washed Kenya AA Top lot from Ichuga wetmill in Nyeri county. Ichuga is one of 4 wetmills - or 'factories' - operated by Kiama farmers' co-operative society. The co-op has 3,549 members, of which 690 deliver cherries to Ichuga for processing. The farmers occupy land on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and western slopes of the Abedare range, at altitudes of 1,200 - 1,800masl. Varietals cultivated include SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian.


THE PROCESS

This coffee utilises a traditional fully washed process using fresh water from Gathiururuko stream. Cherries are delivered to the wetmill where they undergo carful sorting to select only ripest for processing. Red ripe cherries are de-pulped and then fermented in water for 12-48 hours (depending on climatic conditions). The purpose of fermentation is two-fold: firstly to breakdown the remaining sugary mucilage, and secondly to develop more complexity in the cup. From here the coffee is washed & graded in clean water channels and then dried slowly in the sun on raised African beds for around 3 weeks.


THE REGION
Nyeri County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the western slopes of Mt. Kenya, the highest mountain in the country and second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The combination of fertile volcanic soil, seasonal rainfall and high altitude provide the ideal climate for high quality arabica coffee cultivation. Coffee cherries in these conditions mature slowly, contributing to increased acidity and complexity in the cup. As such, coffees from Nyeri are widely considered some of the best in the world.
  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 84.5
  • Region Mathira East Sub-County
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Fully washed and sun-dried on raised African beds
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade KEN CA WA AA TOP
  • Growing Altitude 1750-1950m
  • Screen Size 18 Up
  • Country of Origin Kenya
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
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  • CTRM Contract Number P605855-11

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